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ShoesThatFit.org – I Donated 2 Pairs!

ShoesThatFit.org

Dear Readers – I hope I brought some joy to 2 kiddos in need this Christmas! I spent $10 each for a couple of kids to get new shoes so they can wear them with pride, and comfort.

If you’ve read any of my past posts, you know how difficult it is to find shoes to fit my extra-wide feet, so how wonderful it was to find a charity that takes the time to measure and fit them!! YASSSSSS!!

Here’s how they work:

Simply put, Shoes That Fit helps kids improve their self-esteem. How do we do this? By providing them with much-needed new shoes so that they can go to school in comfort and with dignity and focus on their studies rather than their circumstances.

First, we match sponsoring groups with nearby schools that have children in need. A sponsor can be any group of people; a business, school, church, civic organization or simply a group of caring friends. Next, a sponsoring group decides how many children they can help. Their chosen school identifies the children most in need of new shoes and then measures these students for proper size and fit with materials we provide.

Finally, the sponsoring group uses this information to buy exactly what each child needs and makes the much-appreciated delivery to the school. By using this model with every sponsoring group across America, volunteers are making a direct impact on the children in their own communities.

Specifically, I did the Nordy thing – was buying a gift card at the customer service counter and saw a Christmas tree with some different gift cards on it…they had children’s names on them, and OMG, you know I had to help! Seriously, I’m very moved by kids who would otherwise “do without” and I can’t bear the thought, so I asked the lovely man at the counter about the program. A $10 gift card buys a child in need a brand new pair of New Balance sneakers…so I bought two!

Wishing so much happiness to those children and their families this holiday season, and, for the rest of their lives…

Feelin’ the love and joy,

❤ Belle

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Women’s Designer Collection Sale @ Nordstrom – UP TO 60% Off!!

I thought I’d pass along the deals to you in case you’re looking for fine designer clothing…

St. John, Herve Leger, Armani Collezioni, Roberto Cavalli, Akris Punto, Max Mara, Missoni, Altuzarra, Jason Wu, Donna Karan New York, J.W. Anderson, Fabiana Filippi, Escada, Michael Kors, Erdem, Christopher Kane, Oscar De La Renta, Nina Ricci, Marc Jacobs, Etro Gauzy, Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Givenchy, Prada, Burberry, Phillip Lim, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jimmy Choo, Fendi, Pedro Garcia, Balenciaga Paris, Carvin, Moschino, eskandar, PASKAL, Isa Arfen, Mami, Etro, Giuseppe Zanotti, Emilio Pucci, Lanvin, Manolo Blahnik, Dolce&Gabbana, Rick Owens, Stella McCartney, Proenza Schouler, Saint Laurent, Alexander Wang…and of course, Nordstrom Signature brand items.

“Women’s Designer Collections Sale”

Cousin Belle

Extra Wide Shoes @ ShoeBuy.com, Nordstrom and Zappos

Have I mentioned/complained that I have EXTRA WIDE feet and can’t find decent looking shoes, like ever?

I’m sending my complaint out, if I haven’t already, that there aren’t that many cool-looking shoes out there for wide feet, and even less for extra wide.

My feet used to be “medium” until I had a baby. I didn’t gain much weight, but the body changes, and it made my feet “wide”.  Even my hair got darker (but that’s another post). Since then, I spent many years on the phone doing IT tech support (that made my butt wider!), and more recently I’ve been a waitress, restaurant manager and a department store salesperson. My feet have pounded concrete, brick and marble floors until my foot bones and fat pads have stretched even wider, and now I have “extra wide” feet. It is what it is.

I’m now in the process of selling off my shoes. I have to do it so I can use those funds to buy shoes that do fit. I have a ton of shoes that I shouldn’t own anymore; I just can’t fit into them, but they’re barely worn. One cannot, and should not wear uncomfortable shoes, ever. I guess I was just hoping I could find a way to stretch them to make them work…? I don’t think anyone could stretch them wide enough – the integrity of the shoe would probably be compromised, and it would probably fall apart. But the good news is, barely worn shoes can be easily sold on Craigslist or on consignment!

I’ve found that ShoeBuy.com has a great selection of extra wide shoes. I can always find extra wides at Nordstrom and Zappos, so check there, too. And once you buy a pair of shoes from these places, if you get on their mailing lists (I know it seems annoying sometimes, but do it!), they’ll send you awesome coupons and codes so you can buy more shoes at great discount prices! And best of all, most do free shipping. Biggest tip – call in your order and tell the salesperson to make a note: PLEASE LEAVE PACKAGE AT THE APARTMENT OFFICE if you live in an apartment, or if you live in a house, have them put it someplace safe so the package isn’t left out for someone to steal. Just looking out for you 🙂

Some really cool shoes I’ve found…EXTRA WIDE!

Walking Cradles Caven – Brown (Zappos) – $116

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LifeStride Hale – Black Saga – (Zappos) – $69.99

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LifeStride Maximize Wide Calf – Dark Grey – (Zappos) – $99.99

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Brooks Ravenna 6 – White/Raspberry/ParadiseGreen – ShoeBuy – $79.95

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Naturalizer Tanita Wide Calf – Navy Suede – ShoeBuy – $179.99

Elf on the Shelf Is a Wanted Person in Massachusetts: See His Mugshot

Elf on the Shelf Is a Wanted Person in Massachusetts: See His Mugshot

http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/elf-on-the-shelf-is-wanted-in-massachusetts-see-his-mugshot-w159225

Bourne Police Department added 2 new photos.

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· December 6 at 9:13am ·

Wanted Person: Use Caution. Wanted in a “string”of ginger bread house invasions. Known to spread Christmas Cheer and a specialist in covert surveillance. Often seen hiding in high places. Do not approach and especially DO NOT touch as this is known to cause loss of magical abilities to report back to his jolly kingpin!